Abducted Central Texas Boy Found Safe In New Mexico

Richard K. Moore (Family photo)
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HEARNE (April 4, 2013)—Richard K. Moore, 6, who was last seen in August 2012 in the Franklin area with his non-custodial biological parents Brian Keith Moore, 29, and Madeline McCartney-Moore, 26, has been found safe in New Mexico, the U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday.

A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force said Brian Moore and his wife were arrested near Silver City, New Mexico, where the child was found uninjured.

He has been returned to his guardians.

The Moore's two other children were placed in custody of the New Mexico Child Protective Services office.

Moore and McCartney Moore were taken to the Grant County Jail in Silver City, NM, where they were awaiting transfer to Central Texas on Thursday.

A spokesman for U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas, Robert Almonte said in August 2012 following a week-long court ordered visitation the child's parents failed to return the child to his guardians, Timothy and Tracey Moore.

When the child was not returned Timothy Moore notified the Robertson County Sheriff's Office that the child had been abducted.

Investigation by the sheriff's office revealed Brian and Madeline McCartney-Moore had moved out of their home near Hearne, turned their livestock loose on the streets, disconnected their utilities and closed bank accounts.

The Sheriff's Office requested the assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service because it was believed that the Moore's had left the state.

On April 2, investigators received information that the Moore's were staying in an area between Silver City, NM and Santa Clara, NM.

After hours of surveillance, Grant County New Mexico Sheriff's Office deputies and U.S. Marshal's Service deputies Tuesday surrounded a trailer where Brian Moore was seen coming and going earlier in the evening.

When investigators entered the trailer, they found the missing child along with Brian Moore, Madeline McCartney-Moore and her father, Michael McCartney.

The Moores were named in Robertson County warrants charging interference with child custody.